Beyond the suggestive references to the color green and pockets jangling with Bic lighters and Visine, April 20 is one date when the bong-bound let their freak flags fly. This year, 4/20 falls on a Saturday, and you can bet your britches someone's throwing a party.
Always burning to celebrate obscure holidays with film, music and a dash of camp is The Red Room Tavern. Saturday, April 20, the punk club on the edge of downtown joins Hot Dog Sandwich Headquarters and Evil Wine to host Cheech and Chong's 420 Party. It's an event complete with films, live music, a costume party—prizes go to the best dressed, so make like St. Patrick's Day and go green—and drink specials that run all night long.
With several Cheech and Chong adventures to choose from, it's anybody's guess which films will be playing. Maybe you'll follow Cheech and Chong on their misadventures driving a "fiberweed" bus from Tijuana to Los Angeles in Up In Smoke, or witness their failed attempt to siphon gas from their neighbors' car in Next Movie. The films start at 4:20 p.m.—of course.
Following the films are more than five hours of music by URB, Sun Cat Brothers, Tommy Dirtweed, Art Fad, Bad Carb, Hot Dog Sandwich and a DJ. The music gets going at 7:20 p.m.
If you're looking to do something with your 4/20 besides a Halo marathon and shoegazing, the $3 cover fee at The Red Room is a steal for a night's entertainment and 420-friendliness.